Period
to 16 December 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Exploratory Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Exploratory Testing over the 6 months to 16 December 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Exploratory Testing
UK > England
6 months to
16 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 718 795 929
Rank change year-on-year +77 +134 +65
Permanent jobs citing Exploratory Testing 475 406 346
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.28% 0.23% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.32% 0.26% 0.19%
Number of salaries quoted 418 317 282
England median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -4.49%
10th Percentile £29,000 £27,500 £26,525
90th Percentile £68,750 £62,500 £65,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -

Exploratory Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 150110 156499 179795
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 89.94% 89.48% 88.88%
Number of salaries quoted 119924 130849 150343
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,750 £47,500
% change year-on-year +0.50% +4.74% +5.56%

Exploratory Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Exploratory Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Salary Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing in England.

Salary trend for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing in England over the 6 months to 16 December 2017.

Salary histogram for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing within the England region over the 6 months to 16 December 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +15 189 £55,000 +10.00% 13
South East +91 93 £35,000 - 5
North of England +4 81 £50,000 +13.64% 8
East of England +29 50 £52,500 +10.53% 3
Yorkshire +35 46 £42,500 -5.56% 2
South West +31 39 £47,000 +4.44% 2
North West -6 31 £43,750 +10.76% 6
Midlands +23 26 £40,000 +40.35% 1
East Midlands +21 13 £39,000 +27.87% 1
West Midlands +2 13 £40,000 +40.35%
North East -4 4 £50,000 -
Exploratory Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 16 December 2017, IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the England region with a requirement for Exploratory Testing.

1 420 (88.42%) Test Automation
2 347 (73.05%) Agile Software Development
3 255 (53.68%) Selenium
4 212 (44.63%) Java
4 212 (44.63%) Cucumber
5 211 (44.42%) BDD
6 209 (44.00%) QA
7 175 (36.84%) C#
8 152 (32.00%) TDD
9 145 (30.53%) Regression Testing
10 141 (29.68%) Scrum
11 134 (28.21%) Performance Testing
12 124 (26.11%) Finance
13 119 (25.05%) SQL
14 108 (22.74%) Software Engineering
15 100 (21.05%) Software Testing
16 93 (19.58%) WebDriver
17 91 (19.16%) Analytical Skills
18 87 (18.32%) Scenario Testing
18 87 (18.32%) Continuous Integration
19 86 (18.11%) JUnit
19 86 (18.11%) Microsoft
20 85 (17.89%) SDET
21 81 (17.05%) ISEB
22 80 (16.84%) User Stories
23 76 (16.00%) JIRA
24 75 (15.79%) Jenkins
25 74 (15.58%) SpecFlow
26 71 (14.95%) Functional Testing
26 71 (14.95%) API Testing

Exploratory Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 15 (3.16%) Confluence
2 4 (0.84%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (0.42%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.21%) Apache Pig
5 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.21%) Jupyter
Applications
1 6 (1.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.84%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.63%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 45 (9.47%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (2.53%) TestFlight
4 11 (2.32%) BrowserStack
5 9 (1.89%) GitHub
6 6 (1.26%) SaaS
7 4 (0.84%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (0.84%) Slack
8 3 (0.63%) BlazeMeter
8 3 (0.63%) DigitalOcean
8 3 (0.63%) Sauce Labs
9 1 (0.21%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.21%) PaaS
9 1 (0.21%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.53%) MQTT
2 10 (2.11%) HTTP
3 3 (0.63%) Internet
4 2 (0.42%) Skype
4 2 (0.42%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.42%) Unified Communications
5 1 (0.21%) DAB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (1.47%) Big Data
4 4 (0.84%) MySQL
4 4 (0.84%) NoSQL
4 4 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (0.63%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.42%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.21%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.21%) Geospatial Data
7 1 (0.21%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.21%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.21%) Redis
7 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 255 (53.68%) Selenium
2 212 (44.63%) Cucumber
3 93 (19.58%) WebDriver
4 86 (18.11%) JUnit
5 76 (16.00%) JIRA
6 75 (15.79%) Jenkins
7 74 (15.58%) SpecFlow
8 64 (13.47%) Git (software)
9 51 (10.74%) TestNG
10 48 (10.11%) NUnit
11 45 (9.47%) SoapUI
12 43 (9.05%) JMeter
13 36 (7.58%) Team Foundation Server
14 34 (7.16%) FitNesse
15 29 (6.11%) Visual Studio
16 27 (5.68%) Appium
17 20 (4.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 19 (4.00%) tSQLt
19 16 (3.37%) Calabash
20 15 (3.16%) JBehave
General
1 124 (26.11%) Finance
2 32 (6.74%) Retail
3 30 (6.32%) Back Office
4 15 (3.16%) Banking
5 8 (1.68%) Legal
6 6 (1.26%) Games
7 5 (1.05%) Advertising
8 4 (0.84%) Electronics
9 3 (0.63%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.21%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.21%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 169 (35.58%) Test Engineer
2 132 (27.79%) Tester
3 83 (17.47%) Automation Tester
4 71 (14.95%) Analyst
4 71 (14.95%) Software Test Engineer
5 65 (13.68%) Developer
5 65 (13.68%) Test Analyst
6 60 (12.63%) Developer in Test
7 46 (9.68%) QA Engineer
8 40 (8.42%) Senior Tester
9 37 (7.79%) Senior Automation Tester
10 34 (7.16%) QA Tester
11 29 (6.11%) Test Automation Engineer
12 27 (5.68%) Java Engineer
13 26 (5.47%) Java Automation Tester
14 25 (5.26%) Software Developer
15 24 (5.05%) QA Leader
16 22 (4.63%) Software Tester
17 21 (4.42%) Test Leader
18 18 (3.79%) Principal Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (14.11%) Web Services
2 54 (11.37%) SOAP
3 50 (10.53%) Gherkin
4 47 (9.89%) .NET
5 44 (9.26%) HTML
6 41 (8.63%) REST
7 35 (7.37%) XML
8 27 (5.68%) CSS
8 27 (5.68%) Node.js
9 18 (3.79%) WSDL
9 18 (3.79%) XSD
10 13 (2.74%) JSON
10 13 (2.74%) RESTful
11 11 (2.32%) HTML5
12 10 (2.11%) PowerMock
12 10 (2.11%) WireMock
13 9 (1.89%) jQuery
14 8 (1.68%) Spring
15 7 (1.47%) Ajax
15 7 (1.47%) Apache CXF
Miscellaneous
1 91 (19.16%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (10.74%) User Experience
3 31 (6.53%) Mobile App
4 21 (4.42%) Computer Science
5 17 (3.58%) Algorithms
6 13 (2.74%) Linux Command Line
7 12 (2.53%) Embedded Systems
7 12 (2.53%) Greenfield Project
8 11 (2.32%) Fintech
9 7 (1.47%) Smart City
10 6 (1.26%) Virtual Team
11 4 (0.84%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.84%) Data Structures
11 4 (0.84%) iPad
12 3 (0.63%) Cloud Native
12 3 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
13 2 (0.42%) HoloLens
13 2 (0.42%) HTC Vive
13 2 (0.42%) Oculus Rift
13 2 (0.42%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 43 (9.05%) Windows
2 36 (7.58%) Linux
3 28 (5.89%) Android
4 26 (5.47%) Apple iOS
5 17 (3.58%) Unix
6 4 (0.84%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.42%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 420 (88.42%) Test Automation
2 347 (73.05%) Agile Software Development
3 211 (44.42%) BDD
4 152 (32.00%) TDD
5 145 (30.53%) Regression Testing
6 141 (29.68%) Scrum
7 134 (28.21%) Performance Testing
8 108 (22.74%) Software Engineering
9 100 (21.05%) Software Testing
10 87 (18.32%) Continuous Integration
10 87 (18.32%) Scenario Testing
11 85 (17.89%) SDET
12 80 (16.84%) User Stories
13 71 (14.95%) API Testing
13 71 (14.95%) Functional Testing
14 67 (14.11%) Acceptance Criteria
15 66 (13.89%) Test Strategy
16 65 (13.68%) Test Scripting
17 64 (13.47%) Manual Testing
18 55 (11.58%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 212 (44.63%) Java
2 175 (36.84%) C#
3 119 (25.05%) SQL
4 58 (12.21%) Ruby
5 55 (11.58%) JavaScript
6 53 (11.16%) Python
7 44 (9.26%) T-SQL
8 23 (4.84%) C++
9 18 (3.79%) Scala
10 8 (1.68%) VB.NET
11 7 (1.47%) PHP
12 6 (1.26%) Groovy
13 5 (1.05%) C
13 5 (1.05%) Lua
14 3 (0.63%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.63%) Go
14 3 (0.63%) Kotlin
14 3 (0.63%) PowerShell
14 3 (0.63%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.63%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 81 (17.05%) ISEB
2 69 (14.53%) ISTQB
3 52 (10.95%) Degree
4 20 (4.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (1.89%) Numerate Degree
6 6 (1.26%) Computer Science Degree
7 5 (1.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (0.63%) Security Cleared
9 2 (0.42%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.21%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.21%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 209 (44.00%) QA
System Software
1 6 (1.26%) Docker
2 1 (0.21%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.21%) VirtualBox
2 1 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (3.16%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (2.53%) HockeyApp
3 4 (0.84%) Ansible
3 4 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.42%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.21%) Puppet
Vendors
1 86 (18.11%) Microsoft
2 12 (2.53%) Xamarin
3 11 (2.32%) Atlassian
4 9 (1.89%) Capita
4 9 (1.89%) HP
5 6 (1.26%) Cadence
6 5 (1.05%) Caplin
7 4 (0.84%) TOWER Software
8 3 (0.63%) Oracle
8 3 (0.63%) SAP
9 2 (0.42%) Apiary
9 2 (0.42%) IBM
9 2 (0.42%) Red Hat
9 2 (0.42%) WorldPay
10 1 (0.21%) AppDynamics
10 1 (0.21%) Apple
10 1 (0.21%) CA Agile Central
10 1 (0.21%) Dynatrace
10 1 (0.21%) Facebook
10 1 (0.21%) Sophos